Delving into the History of Distance Education

  • 1906-1907

    The University of Wisconsin-Extension was founded; it was created to expand UW courses across Wisconsin.
  • 1920/1924

    Different dates are given for when psychology professor Sidney Pressey invented a teaching machine. Multiple choice questions could be administered via this unique tool.
  • Summer 1953

    University of Houston (Go Coogs!) offers the first televised college credit classes via KUHT (a local public station). These courses made up more than 1/3 of their programming and were offered primarily at night (to offer education opportunities to those working during the day).
  • 1956-1958

    Harvey White, a physics professor at U.C. Berkeley, began offering more than 150 high school phsyics lessons. They were made available through WQED (Pittsburgh's PBS station) to local public schools. The lessons were filmed and shared with numerous other stations.
  • 1960:PLATO

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain developed PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations). This operating system let instructors design lessons, learners study, and users communicate REMOTELY.